West Ham loanee George Moncur set to extend stay at Colchester United

George Moncur

George Moncur

Colchester United are poised to extend George Moncur’s loan stay from West Ham until the end of the season.

Classy midfielder Moncur has been a mainstay of the U’s team, since his move from Upton Park before the start of the campaign.

The 21-year-old impressed during an initial trial period, to land a six-month loan deal until January 11, since when he has acquitted himself well on the League One stage.

In fact, Swindon-born Moncur, who has loan spells at AFC Wimbledon and Partick Thistle earlier in his career, has featured in every U’s game (19 in all competitions) so far this term, with 18 starts and one substitute outing.

“We have spoken to West Ham about extending George’s loan spell,” revealed manager Tony Humes, with reference to Moncur’s current loan situation.

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“Obviously they gave him the Cup clearance (to play at Gosport Borough last Sunday), so without being 100% finalised, I think we are close to getting George for the rest of the season.

“Of course that would be great news for the club, and from the player’s perspective as well.

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“George is enjoying his football here. He’s playing week in, week out, and he is settled. That would also give him that focus, knowing where he is going to be for the rest of the season.

“He’s at the stage of his career when he needs a full season. He’s 21 years of age, and he needs to forge a career and get that opportunity.”

Moncur has formed a good partnership with David Fox and Alex Gilbey in the middle of the park, in recent weeks, and has also contributed three goals.

He has played a key role in the U’s record of just three defeats in 11 league games, since manager Humes took charge, and was delighted to be given clearance by the Hammers to feature in last weekend’s 6-3 win at Gosport in the FA Cup.

Moncur, himself, has already expressed a desire to stay with the U’s beyond January.

“It’s been quality, playing for Colchester every week, and I want that to continue,” said Moncur.

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